Some caravanners might argue that the B+E test should be compulsory for all. But if you passed your driving test on or after 1st January 1997 and you want to tow a caravan or trailer weighing more than 750kg and the combined weight of this and your tow car is more than 3,500kg then you’re going to have to take this test to be legal on the road.
In this video, we go through what’s involved in the B+E test with ex-police offer and Towing Solutions instructor, Frank.
How long does the B+E test take?
Approximately an hour to an hour-and-15 minutes
How can I book the test?
It can be booked via the gov.uk website or via a towing course training provider, who will do all the paperwork for you and book the test.
How much will a B+E test cost?
The test costs £115 but it’s also worth booking on a towing course first to get some towing instruction and experience and find out more about what’s involved.
Do I need to take the B+E test?
If you took your car driving test after 1st January 1997 and hold a group B licence and want to tow a combined weight (car and caravan) of 3500 kg or more then you will need to take the B+E test. After 1997 restrictions came into place in terms of the size and weight of caravan you can legally tow.
What does the test involve?
You will first check into the test centre and then go out with an examiner. In no particular order you’ll have to carry out the following checks and manoeuvres:
- A general check of the trailer to make sure it’s fit for the road
- A “show me, tell me” section where you’ll be asked a series of vehicle safety questions
- Coupling and uncoupling the trailer, including connecting and un-connecting the breakaway cable
- A reversing manoeuvre around some cones and/or into a restricted space
- On-the-road driving for around 50-55 minutes, both under direction and independently
Do you tow a trailer or your caravan during the test?
A trailer. You’ll need a trailer which you can’t see over or through which has been loaded to 600kg and ticketed to say that’s how much it weighs.
Do I get any caravan insurance discounts for taking the B+E test?
Yes! If you’re new to caravanning but have had any experience of towing in the last three years, which includes passing your B+E test, you’ll be eligible for our 10% introductory no claims discount off your caravan insurance premium.
You can find more information about the B+E test here.
Over to you…
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